Black Abstraction (detail). Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887–1986). Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 1/4 in., 1927. Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1969 (69.278.2)
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8 Things to Do on Black Friday

Stroll, nap, redecorate...and shop

You’ve eaten the last bits of turkey and bites of pumpkin pie—and now you have a full day to recover from your food coma. With illustrations from a few talented friends, we’ve pulled together a short list of ways to keep busy on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Go for a stroll. Such exercise is especially beneficial for those who need to stretch long legs.

Black Stork in a Landscape. Made in India, probably Lucknow. Opaque watercolor on European paper, 21 1/2 x 29 3/4in., ca. 1780. Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art and Rogers Fund, 2000 (2000.266)


Arrange flowers. Pretty blooms never go out of season.

Black Iris. Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986). Oil on canvas, 36 x 29 7/8 in., 1926. Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1969 (69.278.1)


Play dress-up. Who knows what stylish treasures are stored in that trunk in the attic?

Señora de Sorolla (Clotilde García del Castillo, 1865–1929) in Black (detail). Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863–1923). Oil on canvas, 73 1/2 x 46 3/4 in., 1906. Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1909 (09.71.3)


Redecorate. A dark palette can make a room feel surprisingly cozy.

Wall painting on black ground: Aedicula with small landscape, from the imperial villa at Boscotrecase. Roman, Pompeian; Early Imperial, Augustan. Fresco, 91 3/4 x 45in., last decade of the 1st century B.C. Rogers Fund, 1920 (20.192.1)


Strike a pose. Put on your favorite LBD and admire yourself in the mirror.

Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau) (detail). John Singer Sargent (1856–1825). Oil on canvas, 82 1/8 x 43 1/4in., 1883–84. Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1916 (16.53)


Take a nap. After all that tryptophan, it would be hard not to.

Laurette in a Green Robe, Black Background (detail). Henri Matisse (1869–1954). Oil on canvas, 28 3/4 x 21 3/8 in., 1916. Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998 (1999.366.43)


Go out on the town. After that nap, it’ll be time to party.

Arrangement in Flesh Colour and Black: Portrait of Theodore Duret (detail). James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834–1903). Oil on canvas, 76 1/8 x 35 3/4 in., 1883. Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1913 (13.20)


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Black. Kubo Shunman (Japanese, 1757–1820). Ink and color on paper, 8 x 7 1/8 in., 19th century. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (JP2378)



  1. The O’Keefe. (This woman is dangerous). Dear Heaven. Even the deepest black is tender. And the half seen contour – is it young, unmarred flesh? Never felt a scar or a bruise or a strain or a hurt. Whole and healthy and ready for the joy promised by the crystalline light at center.. Is it just the Christmas season that makes this a happy story to me?


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